Emergency Notification Systems and Crisis Communication – Blog

Samantha Leland

Samantha is a Towson University graduate and is Omnilert's Marketing Operations Coordinator. In her free time Samantha enjoys snowboarding, traveling, painting, and anything music related.

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The first moments of an emergency - 3 things to do immediately

Once an emergency has been confirmed, the first minute is an adrenaline-fueled race against the clock. Add an emotional rush of panic and anxiety... and now you must orchestrate your crisis communications plan.  This is one the most important times of an emergency response; it sets the wheels in motion for the duration of the incident.

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Emergency Planning & Preparation

Samantha Leland

Expert Q&A: Dustin Jensen from West Acres Shopping Center in ND


The 'Expert Q&A’ series highlights the experiences of practitioners and thought-leaders in the field of Emergency Management, Communications, and Response.

Dustin Jensen is a Public Safety Manager at the West Acres Shopping Center located in Fargo, North Dakota.

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Expert Q&A, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Samantha Leland

Automation - The Future of Emergency Notifications at EDUCAUSE 2016


Omnilert’s e2Campus program will play a key role in EDUCAUSE 2016
by presenting new communications solutions that focus on the world of automation. 

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News & Events

Samantha Leland

Frank McCathran Named Omnilert’s New Vice President

Leesburg, Va. – Omnilert, LLC recently announced the hiring of Frank McCathran who is now serving as the company’s vice president. He will be responsible for sales, marketing, and customer success initiatives.

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News & Events

Samantha Leland

Testing critical communications systems: it’s not just about technology

For emergency managers, testing is a rehearsal for the unforeseen or even the unthinkable. This especially applies to critical communications that, if conducted properly, could save lives.

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Emergency Planning & Preparation

Samantha Leland

Expert Q&A: Christian Lanphere from Cambridge Health Alliance in MA

The ‘Expert Q&A’ series highlights the experiences of practitioners and thought-leaders in the field of Emergency Management & Response.

Christian Lanphere is the Director of Emergency Management & CHA Safety Officer for the Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts.

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Expert Q&A, ENS Implementation & Management

Samantha Leland

Active Shooter Emergency Preparedness Guide - During

No organization wants to think about the day that an emergency might happen at their facilities, especially an active shooter crisis, but it is something that each organization must prepare. Not only is mass emergency preparation a legal obligation, but most would argue that it is a moral one. You want to keep your people informed and out of harm’s way. If there’s an emergency, people expect to be notified and provided the guidance to remain safe. There are many alerts that we have grown accustomed to receiving such as weather alerts, Amber or Silver Alerts, or even local emergency alerts. So, if there’s an active shooter emergency in the vicinity, people expect to be alerted in a similar fashion.

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Emergency Communications & Notifications, Emergency Planning & Preparation, Automating Emergency Notifications

Juliet Hulse 

Triggering Severe Weather Safety Notifications Through Omnilert Scenarios

Severe weather can happen at any time. Depending on the season and your location, weather threats can range from thunderstorms and tornadic activity to hurricanes, Nor’easters, or even a wintry mix. Having emergency communication plans and an automated method of distributing said communications in place helps ensure you and the people you are responsible for are kept safe and informed during severe weather season - no matter which season.

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Emergency Communications & Notifications, Emergency Planning & Preparation

Andy Hausman 

Off-Campus Timely Warnings - An Explanation

Of all the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Act college and university communities most frequently associate it with the timely warning. As an original part of the 1990 law timely warnings have fundamentally changed how students and employees learn about campus crime in a way that is now firmly enshrined in their cultures as it is what they most frequently see.

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Emergency Communications & Notifications, Emergency Planning & Preparation, Automating Emergency Notifications

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